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Sweatpants – fabric intended to have stretch?

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    Enbee @Enbee

    Now that the weather where I am is threatening to come down out of the high 90s, I’m thinking about winter sewing for my guy. I’ve made him several pairs of these pants previously, and have always used sweatshirt fleece. They’ve always seemed very slim, and last year he grew out of his new sweats almost immediately. This year I was just going to size up from the start, but it occurred to me to check the fabric guide – the sweatshirt fleece I’ve used is knit but has virtually no stretch. There’s no stretch requirement for the pants fabric, but can anyone confirm if the pattern is intended for some amount of stretch in the fabric?

    On a related note, anyone got a source for reasonably cuddly french terry? The only stuff I’ve found locally is *very* lightweight, which is just not what I want in sweats.

    ETA: meant to note that my guy doesn’t have particularly big legs – he’s still comfortably in 2T at just over 3 years old in the Art Museum trousers, for instance.

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    Liesl Gibson
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    Hi there! From the pattern envelope:

    Sweatpants: Light- to medium-weight knit fabrics like jersey, cotton fleece, and French terry.

    I’ve never seen a French terry without stretch, but maybe it exists? Yes, the pattern is designed for knits with some stretch. It doesn’t need a ton of stretch, but they might be quite slim without it.

    I hope someone else can chime in about fabric sources because I was just in a JoAnn today and left feeling very depressed about the state of fabric shopping right now…whatever happened to quality?

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    Enbee @Enbee

    Thanks, Liesl! Yeah, once I read the fabric suggestions I figured that some stretch was assumed. And I agree that I’ve never seen a completely rigid french terry either – I haven’t actually ever made these with french terry, but that would be my 2nd choice for sweatpants, behind sweatshirt fleece (it’s just so cozy!), provided that I can find some that has some substance.

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